Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Southern Season, a gourmet food and housewares retailer and cooking school in Mount Pleasant, offers one-of-a-kind gifts and experiences perfect for the holidays. The cooking school at Southern Season offers demos and cooking classes from beloved local chefs as well as their accomplished in-house expert and James Beard Foundation member, Marilyn Markel. Whether you’re looking to buy a signed cookbook from your favorite chef or spend the afternoon learning how to perfect homemade biscuits, Southern Season’s cooking school provides an unparalleled experience.
Markel, the cooking school culinary director in Mount Pleasant, and Chapel Hill, N.C., developed a lifelong passion for food while learning from her grandmother in the kitchen as a child. In 2013, she was privileged to act as a judge for the James Beard Cookbook Awards and attended the James Beard Book and Broadcast Awards Ceremony in New York City. Markel began developing Southern Season’s cooking school over a decade ago and has helped turn the store into a foodie destination and nationally recognized culinary center hosting over 300 classes a year for seasoned and novice cooks.
While Markel teaches many of the classes herself, Southern Season also allows customers to learn alongside – and attend book signings – with local, regional and some of the nation’s most renowned chefs such as Curtis Stone, Martin Yan, Caprial and John Pence, Masaharu Morimoto, Daisy Martinez and Shirley Corriher. Markel’s industry connections allow customers to learn from their favorite cookbook authors and culinary heroes.
“Embracing the Chapel Hill and Charleston food scenes has been a very rewarding experience,” says Markel. “I have always loved cooking and reading cookbooks, and I am intrigued by the limitless possibilities and combinations of flavors. Working in the cooking school is an amazing job as we get to cook and learn something different every day. Our entire team is very passionate about what we do, and that energy can’t help but spill over in our classes at Southern Season.”
For a full list of upcoming events, please visit: http://www.southernseason.com/events/charleston. Guests who attend cooking classes also receive 10 percent off in-store purchases that day, the perfect excuse to finish your holiday shopping.